Teresa Mendoza, the title character of La Reina del Sur, doesn’t merely shatter glass ceilings, she obliterates them. Mendoza takes out her enemies, guns blazing, and chases kidnappers around the world to rescue her daughter. Just that she is a queenpin tells us so much; after all, most drug lords are men. Kate del Castillo plays Mendoza on Telemundo’s blockbuster hit, returning April 22 after an eight-year absence (and you thought the wait between season seven and eight of Game of Thrones was interminable). Though a woman is on the throne, the power behind that throne is another woman, executive producer Martha Godoy.
While Telemundo’s programming has focused largely on their wildly popular Super Series (multiple seasons with approximately 75 episodes each), action-packed Premium (limited) Series like Falco and El Recluso and reality competitions like Exatlón and the upcoming La Voz, there has been endless online chatter about Betty En NY. The new comedy, first announced during the network’s Upfront presentation last May, is a reboot of the 1999 Colombian telenovela Yo Soy Betty, La Fea, which in turned inspired ABC’s Ugly Betty. This modernized and New York-set retelling is charming and hilarious with a star-making performance from its leading lady Elyfer Torres as the ordinary but lovable Betty.
Pasadena, CA: NBCUniversal yesterday kicked off the Winter 2019 Television Critics Association tour, once again (to the consternation of TCA members) choosing to not include an opening session with one or more top network executives. Panels with past NBC network chiefs -- from Brandon Tartikoff to Jeff Zucker to Bob Greenblatt -- were always highlights of TCA tours, often establishing the narrative for the network’s day. Now, the “narrative” is left to the press, which may or may not work to the company’s benefit, as the day is a mash-up of new and returning NBC series and one or two series from a few of NBCU’s cable networks. No narratives for them, either.